Title: Is MEMS Ready for the Big Time
and Undergraduate Research?
Discussion Leader: William C.
Tang, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, University of California, Irvine
Room: Emerald Bay A
Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) is
an acronym coined only 15 years ago, which describes the techniques, components and
systems of micro-mechanical devices created with IC technology. Although early work in
this area predated the formal introduction of the name to define this interdisciplinary
engineering field, mass-produced, commercial MEMS products started to appear on the market
over the past decade. By any measure, MEMS can be considered young. So is it now the time
for MEMS to become a big-time hi-tech mainstream, and should it be incorporated as an
undergraduate research topic?
Title: New World Disorders: Is
Globalization the Problem or the Solution?
Discussion Leader: Mark LeVine,
Assistant Professor of History, University of California, Irvine
Room: Emerald Bay B
This discussion will examine several
important events of the last decade through the lens of the globalization including the
war on terror (from destruction of WTC to the occupation of Iraq), the post Seattle
anti-globalization movement, and the impact and future of new liberal economic reforms.
Title: Women in Academia: Paths to
Discussion Leaders: Susan Bryant, Professor
of Developmental & Cell Biology, Dean of the School of Biological Sciences; Debra
Richardson, Professor of Informatics, The Ted and Janice Smith Family Foundation Dean,
School of Information & Computer Science
University of California, Irvine
Room: Emerald Bay C
What kinds of opportunities are available
in academia? What are the key challenges and rewards of these jobs? Do women face any
particular challenges as graduate students or academics? How can we increase the number of
women pursuing academic careers, particularly in male-dominated fields? Our faculty
panelists will discuss their passions, how they began and developed their careers, where
they are now, and where they expect their careers to take them in the future.
Title: Intellectual Property in the
Discussion Leader: Stephen D.
Franklin, Assistant Director, Network & Academic Computing Services, Lecturer, School
of Information & Computer Science, University of California, Irvine
Room: Emerald Bay E
The U.S. Constitution gives Congress the
power "to promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited
times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and
discoveries." With copyright and patents, Congress balances the public good with
incentives for individuals. Recent legislation is forcing a re-examination of this
balance. While much publicized copyright enforcement actions against file sharing are
obvious examples of this phenomenon, it also appears with pharmaceuticals, agriculture,
genetics, and even printer cartridges.
Title: Opportunities for
Graduate School at UCI!
Discussion Leaders: Court
Crowther, Director of Graduate Admissions and Enrollment Management,
Division of Research & Graduate Studies; Virginia Mann, Professor of
Cognitive Sciences, Associate Graduate Dean, School of Social Sciences; Michael
Mulligan, Professor of Developmental & Cell Biology, Associate Graduate Dean,
School of Biological Sciences
University of California, Irvine
Room: Monarch Bay A
Gather information on applying to
graduate school at UCI from those who are most familiar with the process!
Learn about general academic requirements, deadlines and fees, and how to
apply online through a brief, yet informative, introduction to applying to graduate
school at UCI. Then, take part in interactive discussion groups focusing on the
funding and research opportunities available during graduate study at UCI.
Participants should bring any and all questions related to applying to graduate school at
Title: Expanding Undergraduate
Research Among Community-College Students
Discussion Leaders: Richard Alvidrez,
Community College Initiatives, Jet Propulsion Laboratory; Armida Avila, East Los Angeles
College; Steve Gillam, Consortium for Undergraduate Research Experiences
Room: Monarch Bay B
What are the challenges and barriers of
involving community-college students in undergraduate research? We will talk about what
they are and how they can be overcome. We will also discuss the benefits of undergraduate
research to both community-college students and faculty mentors.